DHayward 0 Posted September 18, 2007 Share #1 Posted September 18, 2007 From commuter rail to ‘green’ line T pushes hybrid locomotives for fleet Boston, MA -The MBTA is going hybrid. After a successful four-month trial, the T is looking to purchase two hybrid locomotives for the commuter rail fleet. The new, environmentally friendly, hybrid commuter rail locomotive. Foto: NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO The vehicles run primarily on electricity, making them very quiet, and their engines turn off automatically when they are idling for too long, limiting the amount of fuel burned and fumes emitted, MBTA General Manager Daniel Grabauskas said. “Where we get many of our complaints is when we have to keep the locomotives running during the day and moving trains around the yard. It can be very noisy, and we are spewing particles in the air. This will allow us to drastically re-duce the noxious emissions, and its much quieter for the neighbors,” Grabauskas said. Currently the T is leasing one of the locomotives, known as NViroMotive, from the manufacturers, National Railway Equipment of Chicago. The locomotive is being used in the Readville rail yard transporting coaches that need to be repaired. “So far so great. It’s been universally lauded by our crews and mechanical staff. It’s been quiet for our neighbors in the Readville yard,” said Rich Davey, deputy general manager at Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, the company that runs the T’s commuter rail system. Davey said that since the locomotive went into service in May, they have refueled it only once. Typically, they would have to refuel it at least twice in that period of time. Federal funding has been approved to cover 80 percent of the cost of the two vehicles and the procurement process is set to begin this fall, Grabauskas said. Each costs around $1.3 million. METROBOSTONNEWS.COM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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